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Not-to-miss Festivals


India; March 8, 2023

A rainbow battlefield in which participants fling brightly colored dye in every form imaginable. This festival welcomes spring and takes place all over India and in Indian communities across the globe, including Singapore.


Chiang Mai, Thailand; April 13-15, 2023

What started as a purification ritual has evolved into a three-day water fight across all of Thailand, but the best place to experience it is in Chiang Mai.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Kuching, Malaysia; June 23-25, 2023

This unique festival brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; July 11-15, 2023

At this festival predating Genghis Khan, Mongolians come together every year for the “Manly Games” to duke it out in wrestling, horse racing, and archery – all undertaken in a way you’ve never seen before.

Mount Hagen Cultural Show

Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea; August 19-20, 2023

This eye-popping cultural show features singing groups from all over the country, each wearing spectacular, traditional costumes.

Esala Perahera

Kandy, Sri Lanka; August 21-31, 2023

Lavishly decorated elephants are the headliners at the largest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka, complete with musicians, dancers, acrobats, and singers.

Loy Krathong

Chiang Mai, Thailand; November 27, 2023

This Festival of Lights is celebrated all over Thailand with lit “baskets” floating on water. A mass sky lantern release in Chiang Mai is the most famous celebration.


Kalibo, Philippines; January 21, 2024

A colorful festival consisting of tribal dance, music, indigenous weapons, and aboriginal-like vibrant costumes held in honor of baby Jesus.


Singapore; January 25, 2024

This festival sees Hindu devotees in Singapore seeking blessings, fulfilling vows, and offering thanks. The Thaipusam ceremony starts in the early hours of the morning, with devotees carrying milk pots and wooden kavadis.

Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

Harbin, China; January-February 2024

The granddaddy of all ice shows, this month-long festival is the ultimate eye candy featuring a city built out of ice, snow, and lights.

Tet Nguyen Dan

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; February 10, 2024

A massive event that rivals Chinese New Year, the Tet festival is the traditional Vietnamese celebration to welcome in the New Year and the arrival of spring, complete with gongs, drums, fireworks, and lots of gorgeous flowers.

Shifen, Taiwan; February 24, 2024

This magical sky lantern festival takes place in a charming, authentic village. See main article.

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